Best among a dozen Victorian dog collars, a 5in (13cm) diameter brass and nickel example with engraved floral band tripled expectations in taking £850 (pictured above).
Dated to the late 17th-early 18th century, this 6in (15cm) long treen, probably walnut, nutcracker with primitive lever-action carved with a man in a helmet doubled the mid-estimate at £4600.
This 1¼in (3cm) rare bone or ivory fob seal was inscribed Execn of S. D., Aug V., 1843, C.P. Makr. It referred to the only woman to be publicly hanged at Bedford Gaol – Sarah Dazley, who poisoned her second husband and was suspected of similarly dispatching her first husband and their son. Catalogued as of ‘public execution interest’ (it takes all sorts), it was estimated at £200-300 and sold at £1800.